In order to prevent damage to Greenville’s downtown streetscape, a number of trees were recently removed along N. Lafayette Street. With all of the trees previously located within flower bed planter boxes now reduced to stumps, ideas are coming forth to replace them.
Rylie Whitten walked through a set of doors Thursday evening that she has passed through countless times before, and yet, this particular instance felt strange, and somehow, unfamiliar. It had been since December that the Greenville High School sophomore, 15, had last entered the school, since she had previously walked through the corridors of purple and gold, surrounded by her friends, classmates and teachers.
Students are always learning in the present — from math to science and history to English — each day spent in a classroom can be described as a form of investment.
The key, however, is knowing how to apply that present-day investment and use it to build toward a brighter future.
As the bell rings signaling the start of the school day, Rylie Whitten should be tuning her violin for orchestra class. By lunchtime, she should be sitting with her fellow sophomore friends, eating and sharing laughs in the commons areas.
When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.
As if sitting atop some steadily sinking quicksand, the floor of the Greenville Transit System bus garage appears to be disappearing beneath itself. According to City Manager George Bosanic, that is exactly what has happened due to poor soil quality underneath the facility, resulting in plans to build a new facility to house the city’s transport busses, located at 240 E. Fairplains St.
“Shots fired. I repeat: Shots fired. We have an active shooter at the high school.” These are words no one wants to ever hear. Yet, words everyone in the United States is all too familiar with as 2015 draws to a close.
Reindeer are not the best when handling turbulence so it was a good thing Santa was flying Thursday night versus Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Early Christmas Eve morning, a wind storm burst through West Michigan with wind gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour. The storm caused significant damage to power lines throughout the region, including right here in Montcalm County.
There was a time in this country — seems like long ago — when a willingness to work hard and be a team player could advance an employee from trainee to head of the company. A career was comprised of a series rational advances, earned through self-improvement efforts and an increased understanding of the company’s products and processes. Companies valued their employees and promoted from within.
A year ago Sunday, Debbi Bendon received the greatest gift she could ever receive. She was given the gift of life. On Dec. 20, 2014, Bendon received a double-lung transplant. Without the transplant, she may not be here today.